Day 43 – June 18, 2015

It is official: we won’t be camping at WalMart anymore on this trip. It is just way too hot to camp without the electricity required to run the A/C. Yes, I am spoiled. I guess air conditioners are why God put me living in the 20th and 21st centuries. And if I ever did live off-grid, it would be in a cooler and less humid region of the country than where I live now. The humidity of the South is just horrible combined with the summer heat.

We finally pulled into a Sam’s Club in Bowling Green, Kentucky last night. We quickly put everyone to bed – AnaClaire in just a diaper because it was stifling outside and inside the camper. We opened all windows as well as the roof vents, but I had a hard time sleeping because it was so hot.

View of Kentucky in Mammoth Cave National Park.  I'm so glad to see hardwood forests again!

View of Kentucky in Mammoth Cave National Park. I’m so glad to see hardwood forests again!

The night eventually ended, and we quickly got up and into the van to get cool and leave. We drove the 45 minutes or so to Mammoth Cave. We had talked of taking turns doing a tour of Mammoth Cave because that would allow us to not take little ones into the cave, but we nixed that idea so that we could get on the road a little quicker. We took the 2 hour Domes and Dripstones tour which took us to the “new” entrance of the cave (built in the 1920s). This required descending about 280 steps into the cave. These passages were fairly narrow, but our guide explained that most of them were natural passages that we were descending through. Only a little blasting had to be done to put that entrance into the cave. The tour opened up into some great big rooms, and we did eventually get to see some beautiful flowstone, stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations. AnaClaire did better on this tour, mainly because I let her get down and walk around some. We all thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide even surprised us all by telling us the zip code of our town when we told him where we were from.

Dominic pouting after not getting a ticket to take the Mammoth Cave tour (he was free)

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave

Due to the horrible humidity, we even opted to not have a picnic. Instead we started driving east again deciding that we would stop for lunch later. However, a later lunch never came. We had granola bars and apples and such in the van. We just kept driving until we finally made it to Cumberland Gap. At Cumberland Gap, we quickly chose a campsite, turned the A/C on and went out to dinner. Afterwards, we came back and relaxed at the campsite for a while. I was trying to get some knitting in so that I could finish up my project sometime in the not-to-distant future. The littles were all filthy after playing for a while, so we took them for some showers. Before we knew it, it was bedtime on the last leg of our trip of blessings.

Games at the campground



Kids’ Corner:

Alex: I want to go back to the Wild Mustang Preserve or to Yosemite. I love waterfalls so that is one of the reasons I want to go back to Yosemite. That one time when they locked the road we had like an 8 hour drive to get back to the campground. Yosemite was my favorite. The Ingalls’ homestead was also neat. Before we went there, I always thought that Silver Lake was a lake, but it is really more like a bog. Making the jump rope was my favorite thing we did at the homestead. One person holds one end of the baling twine and another person spins the little machine that the twine is attached to at hooks. When each piece of twine gets very twisted, then they start braiding together.

My favorite thing at the Wild Mustang Preserve was going on the tour. We stopped and got off the bus in a couple places and were able to pet the horses. I just thought it was cool to see the mustangs there. I’m a little nervous around horses, but I did pet some of the mustangs. Something else that was cool was seeing the petroglyphs. The guide asked us questions about what we thought the carvings were pictures of. One carving kind of looked like a snake, but it also could have been a river.


5 thoughts on “Day 43 – June 18, 2015

  1. Alex: Good to hear from you! I enjoyed your comments. I like waterfalls too. I have never been to Yosemite but I hope to make it one day. It sounds like you are having a great trip with you mom and dad and siblings. Give them all my love and I look forward to seeing you soon.

    Be Safe!!


  2. Welcome to the Home of Humidity! It’s been 100 plus for days. Can you spell AWFUL??

    I’m so glad you got to Mammoth cave! We did the tour you took, and the Historic tour (also very good, and VERY cool!) Aren’t the steps down into the Domes and Dripstones insane? Good job to you all.

    Filthy is the definition of camping… especilally tent camping. But, dirt washes off. Memories linger into eternity!

    I love the way kids think: pouting because he didn’t get a ticket…comical, but just the way kids are. They need tangilble signs, which is why your family is such a blessing. You are a tangible sign of God’s love!

    Enjoy the cool van, and a cooler house!



  3. Glad to hear everyone is doing well. I sympathize with you regarding the heat. Dad told me to look at the weather for Coeur d’Alene next weekend…sunny with a high of 104 (last checked). On the bright side, hot/dry air is less dense, so I should be able to go faster on the bike.

    Alex – I think the petroglyph was a snake (and I will spare you from my tirade regarding my dislike of snakes). The pictures posted of Yosemite and the mustang preserve were awesome. Those would have probably been some of my favorites as well. Seeing the pictures of you and your siblings playing in creeks, camping, picnics brings back fond nostalgia from my childhood…and my ‘adult’ life (I still haven’t really grown up 😉 ).


  4. Know you are home now, from your Mom. What a great trip you all have had. Which reminds me of a comment Uncle Charles made once when he was here! He and Kay, I believe have become “World Travelers” and he said he thought the trip we made in 1964 was probably the “most memorable” we did have many interesting events along the way, for that seven and half weeks. Buick “Skylark” and “Nimrod trailer.” Barby riding front seat under Dad’s “Pogo Sticks”..”them were the days!” Love GrannyB Your Mom and Dad take off today for Robby and Utah Great! God bless them. Sent from my iPad



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